Dodging possums and handling corners

SunMedia’s Kathy Sellars will be looking to bash, smash and crash her way to victory at the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby on Saturday, January 7. Photo: Chris Callinan.

She’s dodged possums and handled the winding corners of the back roads of Welcome Bay and Pyes Pa roads all her life, but this January SunMedia’s Kathy Sellars will bash and crash her way around Baypark Speedway’s terracotta track.

Kathy will step behind the wheel of the SunLive car for the SunLive Baypark Speedway Demolition Derby on Saturday, January 7.

“I’ve never driven on a track before but did grow up driving the local back roads in the days before it was sealed, dodging possums and handling corners,” says the mother-of-two.

Kathy says the daily battle of negotiating Tauranga’s commuter traffic has honed her driving skills, revving up her excitement to take on the derby.

“Driving to work each morning in Tauranga has certainly given me a taste of what it might be like at Baypark Speedway – except on the roads you have to dodge cars and at Baypark I’ll be allowed to hit them – yes!”

Although she’s a little apprehensive, Kathy is looking forward to the challenge. “Although my kids aren’t so keen. They said they don’t want me to get killed. Isn’t that sweet?”

There’s not much chance of that as Kathy will be driving a car especially prepared for the event by Baypark Speedway. It will be appropriately modified, fitted with the right safety gear and Kathy will be wearing the correct clothing, footwear and helmet to keep her safe.

ASB Baypark Speedway promoter Bernie Gillon says interest in the January event is strong. “We’re aiming for up to 50 cars on the track.”

The January demo-derby is the first of two this season, with the second scheduled for April 15. “We decided to hold one in January when holidaymakers will still be around to give them the chance to enjoy the spectacle of a demolition derby.”

The January 7 event will also feature the second round of the Champion of Champion Sprint Car Series, saloons, mini stocks and six-shooter V6 wingless sprint cars.


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